CHESTER Zoo is inviting families to explore nine specially created worlds as party of its popular annual Christmas event, The Lanterns.

Showcasing animal illuminations and characters from years gone by, visitors can go on ‘The Great Christmas Expedition’ from November 22 to December 23.

The worlds – created by the zoo in partnership with award-winning arts producers, Wild Rumpus – will offer everything from tropical dreamland to a night sky adventure. New for 2019 is an underwater world where youngsters can dodge magical glowing jellyfish and meet a giant octopus.

Jon Turley, head of guest experience at Chester Zoo, said: “You’ll be transported to the bottom of the sea in an ‘underwater’ world. Then you’ll make your way through a world of tropical dreams which will be a dramatic centrepiece to your evening.

“Suspend belief as you take the night sky adventure and travel through the clouds and stars, all under the moonlight.

“Specially created illuminated wildlife and animal characters will span nine different fantastical worlds on a new magical path through the zoo, each one different to the last.

“Finally, don’t forget to look out for Father Christmas who will be spreading festive cheer throughout the adventure.”

Proceeds from ticket sales help support the zoo’s work as a conservation charity, fighting to prevent extinction around the world for thousands of threatened species. The Lanterns runs on selected dates from November 22 to December 23. Child tickets start from £5.50. Adult tickets start from £10.50.

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